Innovation Norway Call for Proposals: SMEs Growth Romania

Deadline: 1 November 2018

Innovation Norway is seeking proposals for its business development programme entitled “SMEs Growth Romania” with an aim to increase value creation and sustainable growth in the Romanian business sector.

SMEs Growth Romania will seek to stimulate and develop long-term business cooperation between the Donor States and Romania based on business development and innovation. The aim is to allocate 75% of the funding to small and medium size enterprises. Priority will be given to bilateral partnership projects offering added value Priority shall be given to bilateral partnerships offering added value.

Focus Areas

  • Green Industry Innovation
  • Blue Growth
  • ICT

Areas of Support

  • Innovative technologies, processes and services
  • Sustainable business development
  • Greening of existing businesses and processes
  • Development and implementation of innovative products and services

Funding Information

  • The total amount available for financing of projects from this Call is EURO 21,083,334.
  • 2 Grants Schemes are available through the present Call for Proposals:
    • Individual Project Scheme: Total amount available for financing projects for this grant scheme is: EUR 15,083,334, which is divided between Programme focus areas into the following indicative amounts:
      • Green Industry Innovation: EUR 7,708,334
      • Blue Growth: EUR 4,525,000
      • ICT: EUR 2,850,000.
    • Small Grants Scheme: Total amount available for financing projects for this grant scheme is: EUR 6,000,000, which is thus divided between Programme focus areas into the following indicative amounts:
      • Green Industry Innovation: 2,000,000
      • Blue Growth: 2,000,000
      • ICT: 2,000,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Scheme for Individual projects for focus areas Green Industry Innovation, Blue Growth and ICT
    • Eligible applicants:
      • SMEs, as defined in the Commission Recommendation 2003/3611 , and large enterprises with no more than 25 % public ownership, registered as legal persons in Romania and functioning in accordance to enforced Romanian legislation on commercial companies, respectively: Law 31/1990 regarding commercial companies, republished, with subsequent modifications and completions.
      • The applicant must have been established at least 3 fiscal years at the date of the deadline of the present Call for the areas of Green Industry Innovation and Blue Growth and at least 1 fiscal at the date of the deadline of the Call for the area ICT.
    • Eligible partners: any private or public entity, commercial or non-commercial, registered as legal person in one of the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or in Romania.
  • Small grant scheme for focus areas Green Industry Innovation, Blue Growth and ICT
    • Eligible applicants:
      • SMEs, as defined in the Commission Recommendation 2003/361, registered as legal persons in Romania and functioning in accordance to enforced Romanian legislation on commercial companies, respectively: Law 31/1990 regarding commercial companies, republished, with subsequent modifications and completions
      • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) performing economic activities, registered as legal persons in Romania and functioning in accordance to enforced Romanian legislation on NGOs, respectively: Governmental Ordinance 26/2000 or Law 21/1924 regarding associations and foundations, with subsequent modifications andcompletions.
    • The applicant must have been established at least 3 fiscal years at the date of the deadline of the present Call for the area of Green Industry Innovation and at least 1 fiscal year at the date of the deadline of the Call for the areas and Blue Growth and ICT.
    • Eligible partners: any private or public entity, commercial or non-commercial, registered as legal person in one of the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or in Romania.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Innovation Norway.

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